Garry Flitcroft appeals to Blackburn Rovers fans to back Chorley this weekend

APPEAL Chorley FC fans

APPEAL Chorley FC fans

First published in Sport

CHORLEY manager Garry Flitcroft has made a passionate plea to fans of Blackburn Rovers to become Magpie supporters for 90 minutes this weekend.

The Magpies urgently need a cash injection to stave off a major financial crisis and Flitcroft and his first team coach Matt Jansen are hoping Rovers fans will lend a helping hand.

On Saturday Chorley host Nantwich, who are managed by another former Ewood Park favourite Jimmy Quinn, at Victory Park.

And, with Rovers not in action until the following day at Sunderland, Flitcroft is appealing to Blackburn fans to adopt his Magpies as their second team for the afternoon.

The Chorley chief said: “The club has some serious financial problems.

“I’d therefore like to appeal to Blackburn fans to adopt us as their second team in our hour of need.

“With Rovers away at Sunderland if any fans are at a loose end on Saturday and want an excuse to get out of the Christmas shopping then we’d make them very welcome at our game with Nantwich.

“If we could pull in a crowd of 1,000-plus for Saturday’s game it would be a major help at what is a difficult time for the club.”

The Magpies have been plunged into a crisis after the club’s former accountant was arrested on suspicion of theft and false accounting in September.

Flitcroft has since revealed the club is still to pay its bill.

He said: “The reality is the club has been plunged into a major crisis and, despite the best efforts of our chairman Ken Wright and the board, those problems aren’t going away.

“There is a big hole in the budget and we are facing a major battle to fill the void.

“Over the last two weeks we haven’t been able to pay the players in full because we faced two bills from the taxman.

“The situation is as serious as it gets and we urgently need some help to overcome the problems we are facing.

“I’ve already had to release some players because of the situation we find ourselves in and more could follow.

“The sad thing is this is a time when we should be kicking on as a football club and enjoying the success we are having on the pitch.

"Instead, we are having to work tirelessly just to keep the club afloat.

“It breaks my heart to see what’s happening because we have all put so much work into getting the club where it is today.

“The lads have worked so hard for me and we have a fantastic chance of winning promotion again this season if I can keep the squad together.”

Rovers season ticket holders can watch Chorley’s game against Nantwich this Saturday for just £5 if they present their season tickets at the turnstiles.

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11:54am Wed 7 Dec 11

Jansen_10 says...

I'll be there. On the condition that Jansen's playing upfront
I'll be there. On the condition that Jansen's playing upfront Jansen_10
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11:55am Wed 7 Dec 11

bigste says...

Would be helpful if we knew the kick off time, I presume 3pm Saturday but that's a guess.
Would be helpful if we knew the kick off time, I presume 3pm Saturday but that's a guess. bigste
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12:25pm Wed 7 Dec 11

A Darener says...

bigste wrote:
Would be helpful if we knew the kick off time, I presume 3pm Saturday but that's a guess.
According to their website you are correct 15:00 kickoff time
[quote][p][bold]bigste[/bold] wrote: Would be helpful if we knew the kick off time, I presume 3pm Saturday but that's a guess.[/p][/quote]According to their website you are correct 15:00 kickoff time A Darener
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12:53pm Wed 7 Dec 11

bypass06 says...

Should be £5 across the board for all rovers fans, not just season ticket holders.
Should be £5 across the board for all rovers fans, not just season ticket holders. bypass06
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12:54pm Wed 7 Dec 11

porterman says...

How much for none rovers season ticket holders £3 ??
How much for none rovers season ticket holders £3 ?? porterman
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12:57pm Wed 7 Dec 11

Since1972 says...

Ironically, many Chorley Blues have already started watching Chorley instead of going to Ewood because of the Venkys fiasco.
Ironically, many Chorley Blues have already started watching Chorley instead of going to Ewood because of the Venkys fiasco. Since1972
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1:12pm Wed 7 Dec 11

Road Runner Road Runner says...

Come on you Blues get your backside down to Chorley Saturday should you not be at Sunderland.

Two former greats of BRFC are asking for our help.

£5 bargain
Come on you Blues get your backside down to Chorley Saturday should you not be at Sunderland. Two former greats of BRFC are asking for our help. £5 bargain Road Runner Road Runner
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2:51pm Wed 7 Dec 11

MxMave says...

Jansen_10 wrote:
I'll be there. On the condition that Jansen's playing upfront
Here here. Jansen = LEGEND.
[quote][p][bold]Jansen_10[/bold] wrote: I'll be there. On the condition that Jansen's playing upfront[/p][/quote]Here here. Jansen = LEGEND. MxMave
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3:56pm Wed 7 Dec 11

ChrisSutton says...

MxMave wrote:
Jansen_10 wrote:
I'll be there. On the condition that Jansen's playing upfront
Here here. Jansen = LEGEND.
100% agree. Jansen was one of my favourite Rovers players. A real talent.

Tragic what happened to him with his motorcycle accident. I still wonder what might have been had he stayed fit and broke into the England team.
-D.K.O
[quote][p][bold]MxMave[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Jansen_10[/bold] wrote: I'll be there. On the condition that Jansen's playing upfront[/p][/quote]Here here. Jansen = LEGEND.[/p][/quote]100% agree. Jansen was one of my favourite Rovers players. A real talent. Tragic what happened to him with his motorcycle accident. I still wonder what might have been had he stayed fit and broke into the England team. -D.K.O ChrisSutton
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4:04pm Wed 7 Dec 11

noddymcleod says...

On condition that we have Jansen up front and Flitty holding the midfield together the following week for the WBA game.
On condition that we have Jansen up front and Flitty holding the midfield together the following week for the WBA game. noddymcleod
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4:16pm Wed 7 Dec 11

Iii1111 says...

Chorley resident in the 90's for 8 years and I can't remember where the ground is.
Chorley resident in the 90's for 8 years and I can't remember where the ground is. Iii1111
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4:48pm Wed 7 Dec 11

roversok says...

Iii1111 wrote:
Chorley resident in the 90's for 8 years and I can't remember where the ground is.
Victory park off Bolton Rd / Duke St /Pilling Lane area Behind the old picture house
[quote][p][bold]Iii1111[/bold] wrote: Chorley resident in the 90's for 8 years and I can't remember where the ground is.[/p][/quote]Victory park off Bolton Rd / Duke St /Pilling Lane area Behind the old picture house roversok
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4:50pm Wed 7 Dec 11

hasslem hasslem says...

Iii1111 wrote:
Chorley resident in the 90's for 8 years and I can't remember where the ground is.
you gonna start moaning about the 500 mile trip up to chorley now?
[quote][p][bold]Iii1111[/bold] wrote: Chorley resident in the 90's for 8 years and I can't remember where the ground is.[/p][/quote]you gonna start moaning about the 500 mile trip up to chorley now? hasslem hasslem
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4:54pm Wed 7 Dec 11

Iii1111 says...

roversok wrote:
Iii1111 wrote: Chorley resident in the 90's for 8 years and I can't remember where the ground is.
Victory park off Bolton Rd / Duke St /Pilling Lane area Behind the old picture house
yeah now I remember near Pall Mall
[quote][p][bold]roversok[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Iii1111[/bold] wrote: Chorley resident in the 90's for 8 years and I can't remember where the ground is.[/p][/quote]Victory park off Bolton Rd / Duke St /Pilling Lane area Behind the old picture house[/p][/quote]yeah now I remember near Pall Mall Iii1111
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6:31pm Wed 7 Dec 11

nontetleydrinker says...

Oh garry why would you want these goons down at chorley ? If there is a goal for the home side the goons will just boo the scorer like they did with yakubu.

God save the kean.....
Oh garry why would you want these goons down at chorley ? If there is a goal for the home side the goons will just boo the scorer like they did with yakubu. God save the kean..... nontetleydrinker
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10:42pm Wed 7 Dec 11

blue_and_white says...

I'm sure he'd have invited the hairy inbred scrotes from Burnley down but I don't think Chorley need their town smashing up and people taking dumps in the street.
I'm sure he'd have invited the hairy inbred scrotes from Burnley down but I don't think Chorley need their town smashing up and people taking dumps in the street. blue_and_white
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11:21pm Wed 7 Dec 11

Celtic Rover says...

I will be there, all Rovers supporters will be given a warm welcome. Just come home from the clubs crisis meeting and there is currently a £50,000 hole in the clubs finances.Hoping as many of our neighbours from Blackburn with Darwen make the short journey over. Dunny is never away when he is out injured.
I will be there, all Rovers supporters will be given a warm welcome. Just come home from the clubs crisis meeting and there is currently a £50,000 hole in the clubs finances.Hoping as many of our neighbours from Blackburn with Darwen make the short journey over. Dunny is never away when he is out injured. Celtic Rover
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9:36am Thu 8 Dec 11

Iii1111 says...

hasslem hasslem wrote:
Iii1111 wrote: Chorley resident in the 90's for 8 years and I can't remember where the ground is.
you gonna start moaning about the 500 mile trip up to chorley now?
Missed that little ditty ………little less 490miles.
[quote][p][bold]hasslem hasslem[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Iii1111[/bold] wrote: Chorley resident in the 90's for 8 years and I can't remember where the ground is.[/p][/quote]you gonna start moaning about the 500 mile trip up to chorley now?[/p][/quote]Missed that little ditty ………little less 490miles. Iii1111
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3:25pm Thu 8 Dec 11

garyintandem says...

One Matt Jansen!! Ohhhhh Jimmy Jimmy!!! I was born in Chorley and have always wanted to help out in some way...let's try and get 3000 there and make it a celebration of the good old days...Flitty for next manager of the Rovers. Garry Flitcroft's Blue and White army!! Should be a great atmosphere and if Kean stays in charge who's to say it won't be a local derby in a few years!!
One Matt Jansen!! Ohhhhh Jimmy Jimmy!!! I was born in Chorley and have always wanted to help out in some way...let's try and get 3000 there and make it a celebration of the good old days...Flitty for next manager of the Rovers. Garry Flitcroft's Blue and White army!! Should be a great atmosphere and if Kean stays in charge who's to say it won't be a local derby in a few years!! garyintandem
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